Downtown Disney (officially the Downtown Disney District) is an outdoor shopping center located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It opened in 2001 as part of an expansion of the resort from one theme park (Disneyland) to a multi-park resort complex.
Location and history
Downtown Disney lies between the Disneyland Resort's two theme parks and its hotels. It is considerably smaller than its Walt Disney World counterpart, which is now named Disney Springs. No admission ticket is required for the area. Downtown Disney was designed to attract local residents and to encourage extended stays in the resort district. One side of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and one side of the Disneyland Hotel's Adventure Tower face Downtown Disney, providing a view of the area.
During the late 1990s Disneyland Resort expansion which also included the construction of Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney was built on space previously occupied by the original Disneyland parking lot and Disneyland Hotel, and includes a pedestrian bridge over Disneyland Drive (formerly West Street), which was regraded to accommodate the bridge. Downtown Disney opened on January 12, 2001.
Downtown Disney includes the following buildings:
Other attractions and entertainment
- Live musicians
- Splitsville Luxury Lanes
- Swing dancing
- Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire (2018—present) virtual reality game by Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB and The Void
- Alamo Rent a Car (moved to Paradise Pier Hotel 6/2018)
- AMC Theatres Downtown Disney 12
- Anna & Elsa's Boutique (replaced by Dream Boutique)
- Anne Geddes (Predecessed by Blink – By Wet Seal)
- Apricot Lane (2011–?) women, teen to age 50, clothing and accessories store
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
- Blink – By Wet Seal (now Starbucks)
- Basin (now Sanuk)
- Chapel Hats
- Compass Books & Cafe (now Earl of Sandwich)
- Department 56 (space split into three fronts, was Chapel Hats, Sanuk and Ridemakerz)
- Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Sales
- Disney Vault 28 (October 11, 2006 — September 2017) Disney Parks' merchandising department run high-end apparel store. Kingdom Couture and DV28 were two new Disney brands created for Vault 28, which were shelved along with celebrity-favored designers clothing such as Chip and Pepper, Paige Premium Denim, Red Monkeyo and Tarina Tarantin. Vault 28 was closed down by the end of September 2017 along with Fossil to make way for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience.
- Earl of Sandwich
- ESPN Zone
- Fossil (—September 2017) closed to make way for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience.
- House of Blues Anaheim
- Illuminations (space split into two fronts, Fossil and D-Street)
- Island Charters (now WonderGround Gallery)
- Kitson Kids (July 2009—April 30, 2011) replaced by Apricot Lane Boutique
- LittleMissMatched (replaced by Chapel Hats)
- Pearl Factory
- Rainforest Cafe
- Rainforest Cafe Retail Shopping Village
- Something Silver (replaced by Sprinkles)
- Starabilias (Replaced by Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Sales)
- Starbucks Coffee (West location only)
- Studio Disney 365 (replaced by Anna & Elsa's Boutique)
- Quiksilver and Roxy (now Curl Surf)
- Walt Disney Travel Company Guest Services
Disneyland Monorail System
The Disneyland Monorail System has two stations, one located in Tomorrowland and another in Downtown Disney. Built as part of the Monorail's 1961 extension, the station was known as the Disneyland Hotel Monorail Station from 1961 to 2000. It underwent a major renovation and re-theming as part of the 1998-2001 Disneyland Resort expansion, and was re-designated the Downtown Disney Monorail Station in 2001. Admission to Disneyland Park is required to ride the Monorail.
When Downtown Disney first opened, theme park guests could purchase admission from a ticket booth adjacent to the Monorail station. However, the ticket booth was closed a few years later, leaving the Downtown Disney Monorail Station turnstiles open only to guests who had already purchased admission elsewhere.
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